7:30pm – Tuesday, June 23 on Seven
This week on THE ZOO, bush rats overrun an exclusive Sydney suburb; an elderly black rhino loses her appetite; an oryx suffers an identity crisis; the siamangs go ape when separated; and an oil spill spells disaster in Queensland.
Six bush rats are caught in the outer suburbs of Sydney to take the first step in a grand mission: to beat the introduced feral black rats that have taken over Mosman. Taronga Zoo’s Grainne Cleary oversees the project.
At Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Musi the African black rhino is getting old and is avoiding her food. Vets need to find out what’s going on. But taking a look inside the mouth of a black rhino is no easy task.
Bo, the scinitar horned oryx, has been handraised by keepers after his mother died during birth. He now counts a goat as his best friend. But soon he’ll be big enough to rejoin his family, which means saying goodbye to the goat and learning how to be an oryx.
The siamang ape pair at Adelaide Zoo hate to be separated. But when Irian has a broken arm he needs to leave his partner behind while he undergoes treatment. It seems it is true that distance makes the heart grow fonder and it’s not long before they’re celebrating a new addition to the family.
After a devastating oil slick off the coast of Queensland, many pelicans have been stricken by oil. Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital manager, Libby Hall, is sent to Queensland to assist in saving as many birds as possible.
Presented and narrated by MELISSA DOYLE, THE ZOO follows behind the scenes action at Australia’s top zoos.